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Curtains on new trick: Rs 39 crore cocaine caught

MUMBAI: Three Nigerians and a Brazilian had been arrested on Saturday for allegedly looking to ship out 6.5kg of cocaine value Rs 39 crore.
The narcotic drug had been filled into the crevice of metal rings that line the higher a part of 78 window curtains ( see picture), wherein the curtain clings onto hooks.

The police said that the metal rings had been cut up open, the narcotic drug filled inside and the hoop tightly mounted once more, said the police.

The 4 accused—Niras Okowo (35), Simon Agobata (32), Michael Hope (29) who are Nigerians and Karla Iris Pinto (41), the Brazilian—had rented a space in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbmai. They had been to courier the curtains to Johannesburg via a shipment company in Andheri (west). The police are on the lookout for considered one of their accomplices.

Acting on a tip-off, additional commissioner of police Manoj Sharma supervised a group comprising deputy commissioner Paramjit Singh Dahiya, senior inspector Bharat Gaikwad and inspector Daya Nayak which laid a entice and caught the accused once they arrived at the courier company’s office.

Sharma said that the drug export racket used a brand new trick to hoodwink authorities. “Ordinarily, nobody would have imagined that drugs may well be filled in those curtain rings. Each hollow ring may hang 5-12gm of the drug,” he said.

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